Battle of Gettysburg, Currier and Ives

This past week—on July 1, 2, and 3—the United States commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought during the American Civil War. The war pitted the South’s Confederate Army against the North’s Union Army. According to many historians it was the pivotal point of the war, which ended with the defeat of the Confederate Army nearly two years later.

As happens every year, there are Civil War battle reenactments, including the one at Gettysburg this past week.

The Civil War is close to the hearts and minds of many Americans, even today. I understand that, as my wife’s family fought in the Confederate Army, and I come from the northern United States which fought in the Union Army.

When I was much younger I was fascinated by history. In fact, my college degree is in history. But, as I’ve grown older, the study of history has lost much of its appeal for me.

And as someone who’s seen the effects of war close up (I was in military service, though never in combat in this lifetime), I fail to see the usefulness or appeal of reenacting the ravages of war, such as at Gettysburg a few days ago.

Here is a short video history of the American Civil War. Be aware that it contains some graphic images depicting the horrors of war.

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An End to War


How do you feel about war? I know this is a controversial topic in today’s world. There are articulate arguments on both sides. I personally am a pacifist, though I’m keenly aware others are not. Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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About John Cali
John Cali is a writer, blogger, and channel for a group of spirit guides. His next book is Real Answers to Life’s Pesky Questions: Conversations With Spirit, Book 1. John lives in northwestern Wyoming.